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Michigan Athletics | March 22, 2015

Michigan captures Big Ten Championship

  Michigan earned its second consecutive Big Ten championship Saturday.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sixth-ranked Michigan women's gymnastics (21-2) posted the second-highest score in program history (197.825) to win its second consecutive Big Ten title on Saturday inside Crisler Center. With a regular-season title and a win at the championships meet, Michigan has now won 23 total Big Ten titles in its history.

Nicole Artz was the best gymnast on the floor, winning the all-around crown (a career-high 39.650), the outright title on balance beam (9.950) and tying for the uneven bars title (9.950). Joining Artz on the podium was Sachi Sugiyama and Talia Chiarelli, both of whom tied for first on floor exercise (9.925). Sugiyama and Brianna Brown tied for fourth in the all-around, each scoring 39.550. All four gymnasts were named to the All-Big Ten Championships Team, as was Briley Casanova.

Following the conclusion of the meet, head coach Bev Plocki was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, while Brown was named Co-Freshman of the Year, sharing the award with Penn State's Briannah Tsang.

With the outcome of the meet coming down to the final rotation, Michigan put together a strong performance on balance beam to capture the championship. The Wolverines hit all six routines for a team score of 49.450. Casanova started things for U-M with a 9.9. Sugiyama and Lindsay Williams followed with identical scores of 9.850s before Brown matched Casanova with a flawless routine and a 9.900 score as the team's fourth performer. Artz tallied the top score in the event with a 9.950, securing the all-around title in the process with a 39.650 and the team's Big Ten title.

The Wolverines will make their 24th consecutive appearance at the NCAA Regionals in two weeks (April 4). The NCAA Selection Show will take place on Monday (March 23) at 3 p.m., and can be seen on U-M will be sent to one of six sites -- Oklahoma, Ohio State, California, Iowa State, West Virginia or Auburn.

Michigan 49.400 49.525 49.450 49.450 197.825
Illinois 49.400 49.425 49.275 49.250 197.350
Nebraska 49.325 49.475 48.725 49.350 196.875
Penn State 49.275 49.275 49.000 49.175 196.725
Iowa 49.150 49.200 49.025 49.125 196.500
Minnesota 49.375 48.575 49.175 49.325 196.450
Maryland 49.100 49.000 49.025 48.950 196.075
Michigan State 48.775 48.800 48.900 49.175 195.650
Ohio State 49.200 48.875 48.200 48.975 195.250
Rutgers 49.150 47.200 47.650 49.125 193.125

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